Behind the Scenes

A freeze warning was issued for the Deep South yesterday. I can’t believe it’s November already. Back in January, an intuitive friend of mine told me that this would be the year of new beginnings. I scoffed at the time, completely unaware of her accuracy rate.

It’s true that 2015 has been a milestone in many ways. Earlier this year, I pared down to the bare essentials. I quit a number of things that meant a great deal to me. Deadlines, self-imposed and otherwise, have kept my adrenalin flowing for over three years. When I think about it now, I’m astonished at my creative output. It was time for a break to regroup and set new goals for myself.

I spent two months reading classic books that have been on my list for years, including “To Kill a Mockingbird.” How did I live in Alabama for so long without reading Harper Lee’s novel? After I rectified that situation, I set up a filing system for writing projects, drafts, emails and other essential papers. While I was doing that, I created a multi-year career plan that included doable goals. I can definitely track my progress with this new plan.

Meanwhile, I also had some extraordinary experiences during the summer. I don’t want to say too much about what’s been happening yet, except that it’s changed how I view myself, as well as my capabilities. I think the key word is empowerment. And I’ve gotten plenty of encouragement and support from people around me that I’m on the right path.

Book Review: Write It When I’m Gone by Thomas M. Defrank

Write It When Im GoneWritten by former Newsweek correspondent Thomas M. Defrank, Write It When I’m Gone offers vignettes into the unvarnished thoughts of President Gerald R. Ford. The first few chapters provide a snapshot of Ford’s political career, as observed first-hand by Defrank. After that, Defrank details Ford’s thought about other political figures past and present.

Considering how Ford tends to be overlooked, it can be a great way to ease into studying this former president. Defrank drew a detailed depiction of the man’s personality and thought process behind his decisions. Is the book dramatic and spell-binding? Not really. Certainly not like Vietnam or the Watergate era. A man who has never cheated on his wife? I can only imagine others might think: how boring. But Defrank humanizes Ford and his colleagues to such an extent that I found the final chapters quietly moving. All too often, politicians are treated like objects to be poked and prodded by the public. Defrank seems to want readers to see Ford as a man with foibles, health problems and occasional grumpiness.

I bought this book a while ago, and I’m glad I finally got the chance to read it. I won’t be trading it in anytime soon.



From my experience with blogs, the first post is the hardest. It’s time to clear that hurdle.

This blog will serve as a touchstone for my projects, as well as a reminder to myself to stay focused on my work.

There have been so many changes lately, and people only know me through social media or work I’ve done for other publications. This site will feature my creative work, which will include films, voiceover work and writing. I am sure there will also be a few surprises along the way.

I won’t offer comments for my blog entries. In my experience, it takes too long to weed out spammers. But you can always reach me through the contact page of this site.

Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

With that, my first post is finished.

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